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Arizona wants suit challenging presidential primary tossed

PHOENIX — The Arizona attorney general’s office wants a court challenge to the state’s presidential primary election thrown out, arguing state law doesn’t allow the March 22 election results to be contested.

But the lawyer for a Tucson man who is contesting the results calls that argument “silly.” Attorney Michael Kielsky said Monday the attorney general is in essence arguing that the election wasn’t a real election.

A Maricopa County judge will hold a hearing Tuesday on the case, which was prompted in part by long lines in Maricopa County that some believe led to widespread voter suppression.

The lawsuit alleges Secretary of State Michele Reagan and county recorders mishandled voter registration requests and improperly cut the number of polling places in Maricopa County.